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MECH-X4

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MECH-X4 - DISNEY CHANNEL
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8-18
Description - Mech-X4 is an American comedy television series created by Steve Marmel. The series stars Nathaniel James Potvin, Kamran Lucas, Pearce Joza and Raymond Cham. The series is scheduled to premiere on November 12, 2016, on Disney XD.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Amazing! I got a sneak peek of the first episode of Mech-X4 and was pleasantly surprised because this is not your typical Disney TV show. It made me feel like I was watching a movie with its wonderful storyline, graphics and acting. This fun-filled adventure show airs on Disney and Disney XD Saturday, November 12 so be sure to check it out. In this incredible show, there is an amazing cast, graphics and an awesome storyline - all of which are quite believable.

This show stars Ryan Walker (Nathaniel James Potvin). With his dreamy eyes, he is a typical teenage boy who finds out that he is a technopath. While chit chatting with Nathaniel, I discovered that he loves his super power which is being the master of all technology. His personality matches his character perfectly as he is fun and easy to talk to. His new-found superpower awakens a 150 foot robot called Mech-X4 and its job is to protect the city from crazy monsters.

Ryan Walker then recruits his friends to help. Harris (Kamran Lucas) is the brains of the group. In real life, he has been doing Martial arts since he was 5 years old and he does most of his own stunts. Harris is cautious and protective of his friends and the new-found robot. Harris is a geek who wants to make sure that everyone has their facts straight before they jump into things. He is amazing at martial arts and play his character quite believingly.

Spyder (Pearce Joza) is adventurous and ready for anything. I also met him and found his easy going nature quite enjoyable. In real life, he loves snowboarding. He provides the comedic relief for the group and is extremely funny. He loves all the gadgets for the robot and, since this is all new for them, sometimes things don't work out as planned.

Ryan also recruits his brother Mark (Raymond Cham) to help. He is not a mechanic in real life, like his character and the two of them are exact opposites. Mark's main job is to be the mechanic and fix everything. Mark is usually the leader in his family so he has to get used to the fact that he needs to let his brother shine and he has to stand back a bit. Raymond loves the idea of mixing two animals together to get cool and creative monsters for the show. He wishes he had the super power to see free movies at the box office. Skateboarding is his thing.

I was lucky enough to be able to meet all these fantastic actors and visit with them about their roles in this show. They are all so grateful to be a part of this magnificent show. The one thing that is missing is girl power. Disney already gave the green on Season 2 before Season 1 even airs. WOW ! And, the guys told me to keep a look out for girl power coming soon.

The graphics of this show are spectacular. I love the way the robot and monsters all seem so realistic. It feels like you really are there and as if you are going on this adventure with Ryan and his friends while protecting the world. I love all the amazing places they shot in Canada, the wonderful acting and the insight into each character.

My favorite scene in this episode is when Ryan, Spyder, Mark and Harris are fighting a gigantic snake/octopus monster with the robot. It is filled with action, adventure and a little comedy. Plus the graphics are incredible and realistic.

I recommend this series for ages 8 to 18 because the action and comedy. I also think adults will enjoy it, especially the story line and the characters. According to Steve Marmel and Anupam Nigam, Executive Producers of the show, their target audience is a wide range. They want parents to enjoy watching this TV show with their kids. Be sure to check out my amazing interviews and learn more about the cast on our YouTube Channel. I give this TV show 5 out of 5 gigantic robot stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
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LEGO STAR WARS: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES - DISNEY XD
Series: DVD, AGES 8 - 15
Description - The series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact . The Kyber Saber, his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Just when you thought you would have to wait a year for the next Star Wars movie to come out, Disney is here to rescue the world from the long wait. On June 20th, Star Wars fans will have a new series to watch on Disney XD.

There are people who follow the Lego kits step by step and then, there are those who think outside of the box and build from their imagination and this is what a Freemaker truly is all about. Bill Motz and Bob Roth have captured the feel, characters and storyline of Star Wars which is why I love this new TV series. It feels like you are connecting with a friend who you have not seen for a while. It is easy to watch and everything is relatable and, of course, there are new ships, characters and gadgets to add to the Star Wars treasure chest.

There is a family of three scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space living in the time period after The Empire Strikes Back and before Return of the Jedi. They are just trying to survive and pay the rent.

Roger Roger is back and has moved up to become a sidekick. I just love saying Roger, Roger, as it brings a smile to my face. No one but Matthew Woods could do it so perfectly. He has been a part of Star Wars forever and continues to work on various projects with great enthusiasm for this fantasy realm originally created by George Lucas. This series has the Star Wars humor, high stakes, the fate of lives, secrets and creative fun characters. I am with you Roger, Roger.

Nicolas Cantu as Rowan Freemaker, the little brother, is humorous as he is a klutz and trouble loves to follow him. His voice matches the animation and enhances the epic adventures he undertakes. He is my favorite character and I can't wait to see what will happen to him next. He has abilities that always seem to get the Star Wars characters into trouble as they learn to defeat the dark force and fight for good. Yes of course there is Darth Vander, his minions and the Storm Troopers who lurk in the background to trip up our heroes.

Eugene Byrd is no stranger to acting and his voice is an added bonus as the older brother who is still a kid but the real genius of the family. Zander Freemaker is the pilot and the one who knows how to build everything.

Kordi Freemaker is the female who tries to keep the family together. She has girl power, charm and charisma and uses these qualities to her advantage. Ferlark the landlord is no match for Vanessa Lengies who voices this character. She is always there to keep the boys in check. I love that she is a problem solver and smart.

The animation offers the LEGO'ized look of the Star Wars world. It is crisp and clear and gives you the sense of watching a Stars Wars movie. With this new series, the creators have also made yet another planet for us to visit and learn about.

The story line is great but my favorite thing about this series is all the new characters they have added. Even better is the fact that LEGO has made the characters and ships for this series. So buckle up and get ready for another Star Wars adventure.

I recommend this series to kids ages 8 to 18. Everyone who is a Star Wars fan will love this. After the first episode and I am hooked and waiting impatiently for the next installment. I give this series 5 out of 5 light sabers and May the Force be with You!!! Look for this series on Disney XD.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
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SUPERGIRL (TV SERIES)

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SUPERGIRL (TV SERIES) - CBS
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8-18
Description - The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I think this is a charming show with a cheerful, female heroine who young girls can emulate. Her innocence is refreshing and the setting very up to date. Kara is cute, nerdy and someone you can actually relate to. She doesn't try to be something she isn't. She has a devil of a boss and yet, she deals with her straight on. This is definitely a show I wouldn't mind my younger kids watching.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Supergirl is an incredible TV about the other side of Superman's life that we were never told. Supergirl is Superman's cousin who was sent to earth to protect her cousin, Superman. Unfortunately, her coordinates to earth were disrupted when her planet Krypton blew up and she arrives years later. Kara (Melissa Benoist), aka Supergirl, ends up getting stuck in a time vertex for 24 years and does not age. When she arrives to earth she realizes her cousin is grown and doesn't really need her help so she tries to blend in with everyone else and we will soon see how far that takes her.

There are many great characters and actors in this series. James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) and Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). I have to say my favorite character is Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) because she is brave, strong and courageous. She is only 13-years-old when her parents give her the mission to escape their planet and leave everyone and everything she knows to protect her baby cousin on a completely different planet!

My favorite scene is when Kara is talking to her adopted sister and says, "I think I'm going to go to bed now, I just carried an entire plane on my back." It is hilarious! She makes the statement so calmly and it's not every day a girl carries a large plane on her back.

The message of this series is "if someone tells you to hide who you are and not be yourself, don't listen to them because you have to do what you are created to do and that's all that matters." We all have a unique purpose that only we can fulfill.

Supergirl promises to be a fantastic and interesting series! I recommend this series to boys and girls ages 5 years old to 18. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars. You can watch Supergirl on CBS every Monday beginning October 26, 8:30/7:30c.

Reviewed by Kendyl P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
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STAR WARS REBELS

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STAR WARS REBELS - WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8-15
Description - An animated TV series set between the events of Episode III and IV, Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated show returns October 14 on Disney XD and promised to be a great follow up to the first season. Starring Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr and Steve Blum, it follows a brave and clever ragtag starship crew that stands up against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy and hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, "One thing I love about the series is that they include a lot of characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the last TV series featuring Star Wars." See his full review and his interview with Vanessa Marshall below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It has been around 40 years since the very first Star Wars film came out and, the legendary universe is back again with this animated Disney TV show. Star Wars Rebels has action, drama, comedy and everything else you would love and come to expect from the epic Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars is an action series with a compelling story full of drama and comedy that makes the viewers pity the characters and also fall in love with them as they grow and become more familiar. Relationships between the characters are created, causing some romance, but it is not overdone.

The story takes place 40 years between the events of Episode III and IV, when the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. The story focuses on a group of rebels as they try to do what little they can to take down the evil and powerful empire. In the first season, the group goes against small government and not many big people. But in the second season, they get the attention of some bugger figures including Darth Vader himself.

One thing I love about the series is that they include a lot of characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the last TV series featuring Star Wars.

My favorite episode is the Season 2 premiere. It features many characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a series close to my heart because it is one of the first things related to Star Wars that I ever saw. And, it is one of my favorite TV series ever. I fell in love with the characters and it is nice to see them back in Star Wars Rebels, better than ever before.

For the most part, this series is very nicely made for several reasons. Dave Filoni, one of the creators, includes a lot of aspects from Clone Wars, which I like. The animation is very similar. The dialogue is common. And, I like the way he makes it seem like it's all connected in one big universe.

The voice acting is wonderful. It is rather hard to voice act a Jedi because you need to make them kind, and peaceful, but powerful. Freddie Prinze Jr. who plays Kanan, one of the Jedis, really excels in his role. The rest of the cast is very good as well.

Star Wars is not meant for little kids. It is more suitable for pre-teens, teens and adults. It is something really the whole family can enjoy together. I give it 5 out of 5 stars because Star Wars Rebels is very entertaining and continues the ever-lasting story of Star Wars. If you would like to see Season 2, watch for it on Disney XD on October 14th.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
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1001 NIGHTS

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1001 NIGHTS - BIG BAD BOO STUDIO
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 5-12
Description - 1001 Nights is an animated show that brings the famed 1001 Arabian Nights to the screen. You've heard of Sinbad, Aladdin, and Ali Baba? You've got 998 more stories to go! Join the heroine, Shahrzad, as she weaves tales of adventure, intrigue, and excitement!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - 1001 Nights really wasn't exactly what I had expected from the theme song but this series is entertaining, engaging and appropriate for ages 7 to 12. There are beneficial social lessons children will learn from watching this series such as all actions have consequences or that rules need to be reinforced. The characters are fun to watch and the story lines are easy to follow because they flow well. The most important thing is that these shows will motivate children to think before they act. Maybe they will think before they make fun of someone. Maybe they will realize there are consequences to their actions. The series makes it a fun way to learn these important social lessons.

The shows have appealing characters, there is humor and each show has a lesson to be learned. The animation is also fun to watch and eye catching. The series is also available in a variety of different languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Persian and Urdu. The one thing that may be a slight drawback is that it is slightly difficult to find out all the names of the characters and remember their names. The theme song expresses that there will be adventures and many thrills. Two of the shows didn't seem to go along with the song.

The shows flow well and are easy to follow. They make sense and each starts with a problem of some type and then a story is told and a lesson is learned. All actions have consequences, rules are rules and should be followed. For example, in the first episode, The Joke's on You, the young prankster needs to learn that there are consequences for his joking/pranking behavior. He learns that if you play a practical joke on someone that you need to be prepared that someone will play one back on you. The consequences definitely do not go undetected.

It is visually appealing. The characters and the animation are eye-catching and entertaining. There are bright colors and it is simply fun to watch. The theme song is delightful but I'm not sure it's a perfect fit for the show. There seems to be lots of adventures in the stories but there are more lessons than adventures and thrills. It is action packed at times.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The animated comedy series, 1001 Nights, is playfully exciting and keeps it fun for young viewers. Based on the classic stories from Arabic literature, 1001 Nights, is humorous and educational. The series was nominated for 13 Leo awards and won 4. It won Best Screenwriting in an Animation program or series in 2012 and 2013 and won Best Animation Program or Series in 2012.

In Episode 3:Sinbad and the Valley of Serpents, a porter, Sinbad, comes to the palace and accidentally drops all the fruit in front of the Queen. The Queen asks if he's ok and he tells her he hates his job as a porter. She asks him why he doesn't get a new job and he tells her he's too poor and untrained. The Queen tells him the story of another Sinbad who started out as a poor fellow but became a rich merchant due to perseverance and intelligence. The rest of the episode is an adventure about how ancient Sinbad became rich through tenacity and keen wits. It is told in a funny, light, exciting way. There's a serpent, treasure, huge rooks and a whale!

1001 Nights was produced by Big Bad Boo Productions, from Vancouver, Canada. They are the production company that did Mixed Nuts which airs on PBS. Chad Van De Keere and Mike Myhre are the two main animation executives on the series. Mr. Van De Keere also worked on Being Ian (TV Series), Ren and Stimpy and Madeline: My Fair Madeline (TV movie). Mr. Myhre work on Monster High (TV Series) and George of the Jungle (2007 TV series).

1001 Nights grabs you in with its wonderful short stories based on tales from the classic book. In each episode it is the Queen, Shahrzad, who tells an ancient tale, just like in the book. So each episode has a story within a story. Each episode also has a gently imparted moral. The members of the Queen's family are always included in the ancient tale in some way. And, there's always a bumbling character, who thinks he's smart and wonderful, but humorously messes everything up. The only thing I didn't like was the animation style. It is flat and uninspiring, like most of Saturday morning animated TV.

Despite its mediocre animation style, 1001 Nights is a good series for kids aged 5-10. The fast-paced storytelling style and the educational elements make it a worthwhile series. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Clayton Powell, KIDS FIRST! Critic, age 15.
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NEXT STEP, THE
NEXT STEP, THE - HULU, LLC
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18 ANIM
Description - As the A-Troupe dancers prepare for the regional dance competition, relationships and loyalties are put to the test at the Next Step studio. Created by Frank Van Keeken. Starring Victoria Galdesarra, Isaac Lupien and Trevor Tordjman
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The pilot episode of this TV show was full of so many amazing dance moves that it was hard to keep my eyes off of the screen. The drama that occurs within a group or a team was conveyed perfectly, and every dancer on the show performed flawlessly.

This first episode basically provides the background as to what the season will be about. The Next Step is a dance studio in Canada, and in the first episode, teenage dancers whose lives are devoted to dance compete for a spot on the coveted A-Troupe. Auditions took place, and each teen dancer showed off his or her moves to the adults who would decide on the members of the groups. There is a sort of "queen bee" of the teens named Emily, who heads the A-Troupe and is the studio's best dancer. The episode made it clear that drama and tension will certainly sprout from her.

The audition portion of the episode was very interesting. Some of the girls who spoke about themselves very highly and as if a spot on the A-Troupe was guaranteed failed to dance as impressively as some of the more humble ones. It was also interesting when the new girl, Michelle came along, and seemed to put all the cocky dancers in their places when she danced. The dancers, especially the girls, spoke about Michelle as if she were inferior, so I found it nice how Michelle rose up like a dark horse and performed ten notches above the other dancers.

Tiffany, who is played by Tamina Pollack-Paris, is shown to be a standout actress in the show. Her personality is very bubbly and optimistic, yet it doesn't seem artificial or forced at all; she seems like a genuine person. Brittany Raymond's portrayal of Riley, Emily's younger sister, also stood out. While Emily seems like a diva who simply wants to hold her tiara as the head of A-Troupe, Riley seems much more down to earth. She doesn't say anything rude about others, and seems to be a complete foil to her older sister.

Since it was merely a pilot episode, the general moral of the show cannot be said. However, it could be said that we should throw words to the side and simply let our actions do the talking. Words are merely words, while actions actually prove our abilities and what we have to offer the world.

The talent and the genuine passion that the teenagers have is a nuance that stands out. Without the abilities of the teenagers, the concept of a dance competition and drama show would not appear realistic. Although some of the teens dance more impressively than others, all of them clearly have the skills. They are all truly passionate about dance, and it is nice to see that while they perform.

The episode meets the KIDS FIRST! criteria and would suit kids the ages of 9-15. Girls would enjoy it more because of the typical drama that females tend to endure, although boys would like it as well. This first episode would receive a 3.5/5 star ranking from me, and the rest of the episodes of the season would be interesting as well. Reviewed by Carissa Payongayong, age 15
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THE NEXT STEP - HULU, LLC
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18 ANIM
Description - Follow the lives of a group of elite dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio as they train hard, rehearse and hang out. With the regional championships coming up, the A-Troupe needs to come together if they want to win and qualify for the national title. The Next Step is a Canadian teen drama series shot in a reality television style. The show was created by Frank van Keeken.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Next Step is a great drama TV show. What I like about the show is watching actors dance.

The show is about is the dancers of A-Troupe preparing for the regional dance competition. While they prepare, relationships and loyalties are put to the test. My favorite part of Episode 1, which I watched, is watching the dancers audition to be on A-Troupe.

The main characters in the show are Michelle (Victoria Baldesarra), Eldon (Issac Lupien), James (Trevor Tordjman), Kate (Bree Wasylenko), Riley (Brittany Raymond), Giselle (Jordan Clark), West (Lamar Johnson), Chloe (Jennifer Pappas), Emily (Alexandra Beaton), Stephanie (Samantha Grecchi), Daniel (Brennan Clost) and Chris (Shamier Anderson). The acting is okay but the dancing is fab.

After watching the show, something that stuck in my head is wanting to find out what happens next in the next episode. This show does a good job of leaving cliff hangers.

I recommended this show to kids age 6 to 18. Younger kids will enjoy watching the dancers dance and older kids will be hooked on the drama as well as the dancing. I would give this show 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Tiffany Richard.
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ICE AGE (HDNET KIDSCENE) - HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - When different Ice Age animals come across a human infant, they must work together to return the creature to his tribe.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Originally released in 2002. Screening throughout May 2013 on HDNet - kidScene. Ice Age gives a great lesson on tolerance of those who are different and the nature of friendship. You would not think these three diverse animals could or would come together in this great family film. Very fun to watch. It's smart, complex and silly with cool colors and fluid animation. This very original storyline demonstrates loyalty, friendship and bravery. Great dialogue and voice talent, good humor that appeals to adults but also is suitable for kids. Love the realistic animals - great expressions and movement. There are some dangerous and scary scenes, including the mother of one young child killed though it is off-screen.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This 2002 animated film is very appealing and funny to watch.

Manfred (Ray Romano-voice) is the Protagonist, Sid (John Leguizamo-voice) is the Sloth, and Diego (Denis Leary-voice) is the Saber-Tooth Tiger. They are given a baby human by its mother to take care of it. The three set out to find the human tribe so that the rightful owners of it can teach it their ways, but Diego has to bring the baby to his head herd master so they can kill it for revenge. Will Diego bring it to his herd so that they can kill it or well he help his friends take the baby back to its tribe?

"Ice Age" is a great film. I really like it. I remember watching this film awhile back and I still like it. The script is well written by Michael J. Wilson and flows smoothly. The colors are vibrant throughout the film. The background music really enhances the specific mood of the scenes and makes it more enjoyable. My favorite character is Sid because he is extremely funny and never hesitates to speak his mind. My favorite scene is in the very beginning when Scrat (Chris Wedge-voice) desperately tries to find a place to hide his acorn from the cold harsh wind. On one of his tries he pushes it too far into the ice and cracks the ground then a huge wall of ice comes down and almost kills Scrat.

This film kept me laughing and also produces many lessons to teach kids. One lesson is that you should help people and animals as much as you can, because it can result in a good ending.

"Ice Age" is rated PG with Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha directing it. It also stars the voice talents of the hilarious Cedric the Entertainer (Carl), Goran Visnjic (Soto) and Jack Black (Zeke).

I recommend "Ice Age" for ages 6 to 13. The genre of this film is definitely adventurous and comedy.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. It is great for kids, it's very entertaining and has a great climax.

Chill with the Sub-Zero Heroes in "Ice Age!" Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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ARCTIC TALE (HDNET) - HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Description - Life in the arctic is examined through the experiences of a mother walrus and her calf and a polar bear and her cubs.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Originally released in 2007. Screening throughout January 2013 on HDNet Movies - kidScene.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a cute, touching and great documentary. This 2007 documentary took years in the making and tells two different stories of a Polar Bear and a Walrus. Nanu is a new born polar bear cub and is with her mother and younger brother. Their mom is trying to teach them the ways of the polar bear. Seela is a walrus pup that is under the shelter of her mom and aunt. She likes wandering off, having fun and learning how to be a great walrus. Seela and Nanu, with their families, are going through everything to try to survive global warming. I love this film because it's a documentary on animals and how they live in the Arctic. Some of it is funny, sad and makes me a little teary. I like the background music as I recognize some of the songs and it is entertaining. My favorite scene is when the walruses eat their clams they begin to go to sleep, but before they do, they start passing gas, but not just one of them, all of them. It is like dominoes, once one starts passing gas they all start passing gas. This is too funny. My favorite character is Nanu, because she is a cute baby polar bear. Queen Latifah narrates this documentary film and I think she is does an amazing job. She delivers the stories so great and keeps my interest. Directors Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson direct Arctic Tale and do a great job too. A lesson here is that we need to do our part in cutting the global warming pollution. There are easy steps we can do right now by conserving energy on a daily basis. Animals have their own ways of living which is very different from us. For example, polar bear cubs stay and learn from their mothers for three years and then they go off on their own. This is very different from us, as children usually stay with their parents until they are at least 18 years old. I recommend Arctic Tale for ages 8 to adults. It's a great film for those who love animals and documentaries about animals. I give this film 5 out of 5 five stars. I think it's very good, educational and I like it a lot. See how polar bears and walruses live their life in the film Arctic Tale, the coolest place up north. Playing all month on HDNet Movies Kids Scene. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Queen Latifah takes us on a magical journey through the Arctic. You won't hear about these famous actresses because Nanu is a polar bear and Seela is a walrus. We meet them when they are first born and follow them for more than seven years. This is from National Geographic. The photography is awesome. The real live footage is amazing and a great chance to see the Arctic up close while staying warm. Our story begins with the birth of twin polar bears Nano and her brother, and a Walrus named Seela. These animals have had the same routine for hundreds of years but this year is different. The ice is melting and the temperature is getting warmer. We see how they adapt to the changing climate. They have many struggles and have to learn a new way of life. The walruses had the funniest moments and made me laugh a lot. They stay in large family units that do everything together. If one walrus does something the whole herd follows along. They love to eat clams but they are slippery and can fly, float or run away so this is not an easy job. When the male walruses like a female they can sing to her for up to 50 hours. They make the craziest sounds. We get to see how a mother polar bear teaches her young to survive. I love when she is teaching them how to break through the ice. They are amazing swimmers. They can smell through three feet of ice and snow. It is like trying to play hide-and-go-seek with a bear that has x-ray vision. This is how they hunt for food. Unlike the walruses polar bears like to live alone. My favorite type of whales are featured, they are called Narwhals, or unicorns of the sea. They have horns that can tell the temperature, taste the air and the sea. It is like a giant radar horn. They travel in pods of about 10 up to 100 whales at a time. You get to see a lot of different animals including birds, whales, foxes, seals and many others. Some of the scenes were very sad but nature is not always kind. The songs were upbeat and made you want to sing along. The age range is 7 and up because there a few scenes involving what the polar bears eat, which might be a bit much for some. I give this movie 4.5 stars because it made me very sad at times. Although it is reality and the Arctic is not a kind place. This movie is playing all month long on HDNet Movies - kidScene. Morgan Bertsch, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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PETE'S CHRISTMAS

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PETE'S CHRISTMAS - ARCLIGHT STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - An overlooked middle child finds himself in the unexpected spotlight when he realizes his family's terrible Christmas day keeps repeating. As the only one experiencing the day over and over, he decides to use his unique gift to give the holidays a makeover and his family a Christmas they will never forget. Starring Bailee Madison, Zachary Gordon, Bruce Dern, Molly Parker.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film begins with the family celebrating Christmas and the middle son keeps getting blamed for all the day's mishaps. Christmas is pretty much a disaster for the family and Pete is the only one who realizes that the day is being repeated over and over. As the film progresses, Pete develops a relationship with his grandfather and discovers the importance of appreciateing what you have and the ultimate lesson - that life is not what you get but what you put into it. It definitely has a feel good, happy ending. Pete grows and changes as the film progresses. He begins to realize and appreciate his different family members. The magical aspect of reliving the same day over and over and seeing the changes that happen as Pete begins to understand that he has some control over his life is compelling. It is well produced with colorful sets and settings depicting the storybook look of Christmas. There is no menu for chapter selection but one can rewind or go fast forward easily. Overall, it's a delightful holiday film that families will enjoy watching together.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a uplifting, coming of age film. The story is about Pete (Zachary Gordon) a middle child who has the worst Christmas ever. He wakes up the next day and realizes...it's Christmas day again and again and again... Will Pete fix Christmas and have the best day of his life or will he be stuck in the same day forever?

What I love about this film is the cinematography. The Christmas decorations and snow look amazing. The sets create a great atmosphere for the film. I also like the story. At first it seems clich´┐Ż - boy has a bad day and has a chance to fix it - standard issue. However, the pacing is different. Instead of it being just a few days of Pete reliving the same day, it feels like months before he realizes that he can affect the outcome of his Christmas. At first I didn't like this, but once I thought out it as a coming of age film I accepted the change. One think that distracted me is the writing. Don't get me wrong, the dialog is fine. I just felt the set-up for the story to be a bit rushed. The writers want the story to go a certain way and force it by placing the pieces together instead of allowing the characters to live through this situation.

My favorite character is Grandpa (Bruce Dern). He's a grumpy man who doesn't want to get the cold shoulder this Christmas. I love how Bruce plays this role, how he wants to spend time with family. Sadly he wants Christmas to be like his deceased wife's Christmases. In his mind, the family doesn't celebrate it right.

My favorite scene is when Pete tells his dad why Grandpa judges their Christmas. I pick this scene for one reason - the reaction on the father's face. He takes his time to roll through all the emotions and it's just perfect.

The moral here is, "It's not what you put in the box that matters. It's what you take out." No matter how much Pete recreates Christmas and gets what he wants, he stills feels that something is missing, something that is important in Christmas. Giving!

I rate this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 6 to 15-year-olds. Younger kids can enjoy the funny moments and the merriness. When you get a little bit older, you know the story is predictable but it is still a movie to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Reviewed by Keefer Blakeslee, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

This movie is definitely a great holiday movie and a very loving movie at that! It has so much comedy and a lot of other elements too. "Pete's Christmas" is a movie the entire family just must see.

This movie has so much to love about it as well as many things to enjoy. It has comedy, romance, thrilling scenes, adventure, a heartwarming story and so much more.

The adventure begins when a young boy (Zachary Gordon) has a horrible, horrible Christmas. We are talking about no presents, no home cooked meal, getting beat up and a lot of other crazy stuff. His grandfather gives him a box and leaves. When he goes to bed, he wakes up on Christmas morning again.

The movie had very nice actors that play the emotions very well. You would never think they were acting. The directing is very smooth and clear. The camera work is also very nicely done. Overall, it is an amazing and very cool film.

My favorite scene has to be when the boy wakes up and thinks everyone is playing a big prank on him. It's very funny and very, well, confusing too. It makes you want give him a hug.

I recommend it for kids ages 5 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
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HUNTERS, THE

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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - The Hunters is an adaptation of Joshua Williamson's comic book "Mirror-Mirror." This modern-day-fairy-tale adventure, centers on the magical mirror from "Snow White," follows the brothers Flynn as they embark on an international quest to find their parents and save the world from the clutches of evil. Carter and Jordyn Flynn aren't your average mom and dad. For them, a typical workday can take place anywhere in the world, raiding ornate museums and evading pursuing authorities as "Hunters," protectors of powerful fairy tale artifacts that are anything but make believe. While they take their jobs seriously, they're just as concerned about the welfare of their two sons, 21-year old Paxton (Amell) and 16-year old Tripp (Tracey), who are unaware of their parents' true line of work. Starring Alex Vega, Robbie Amell, Michelle Forbes, Victor Garber and Eric Breker.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A fun, action-adventure for young teens. There are a number of scenes with martial arts fighting and the use of weapons. Teen will most likely enjoy the adventurous nature of the young characters and how they always triumph over the classic evil characters. The story moves from one problem to the next. At each step along the way, the characters are confronted with new and seemingly impossible problems to solve. Yet, they always find some clever way to resolve their issues. This is a real life comic book. Teens might watch it just for the action scenes. The evil characters are right out of a comic book. The heroes are young people who ultimately outsmart them by using their wits as well as their fists. There are lots of martial arts type fighting used to overpower the evil enemies but, of course all in the name of justice. There are a variety of setting too from Thailand to the Rocky Mountains, Boston and, of course many fantastic homes and a secret place in the search for the shards of mirror. The cinematography is done quite well, particularly of the action scenes. This film is basically a superhero comic come to life.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - From the title, it's really hard to predict what this movie is all about. Based on the title, I had an open mind. I only have one thing to say, I was pleasantly surprised! "The Hunters" is a great and thrilling movie for everyone!

I absolutely love how many things there is in this film! There is comedy, romance, action, adventure, thrilling scenes, a great and engaging story line and, of course, a puzzle to solve!

The adventure begins when three people are looking for some artifacts to build together a legendary item. When one turns on the others, everything goes wrong. The two kids of the couple who are searching for this item and their friend, go on a epic adventure to save the world and their parents! If you want to find out if their parents are ok and if they were successful in this quest, you have to watch the film!

This film brings so many perks! It has especially great actors and the directing is also very good. The camerawork will impress you for sure - there are so many actions - climbing and jumping and even some scary stuff. But, the picture if very clear and the storyline easy to follow!

I have to say that my favorite scene is when the older brother discovers his little brother has skipped school and he is very mad at him. I can greatly appreciate this scene. It has brotherly "love" or as I call it "bromance." It's extremely funny and will hit home with many viewers.

I recommend this movie to ages 8-18, because it is a very intense film. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars and wouldn't be surprised if they eventually turn this movie into series. I know I will be watching out for that.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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KARATE KID (HDNET)
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Description - A New Jersey teen is having trouble fitting in to his new California home until he meets an old karate master who teaches him about martial arts and life. Director: John Avildsen; Starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Originally released in 1984. Screening throughout November 2013 on HDNet Movies kidScene.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Do you enjoy rooting for the likable underdog as much as I do? Well then, this classic film is for you. This classic film from 1984, follows a young teen, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) whose life is already in turmoil due to a life changing move cross country. Now in California, Daniel tries to fit in, but has difficulties doing so and he has to talk his way out of a few fights. His luck finally runs dry and one night he is chased home and as he is being beaten up, someone comes to his defense and saves him. He wakes up later that night to find out his savior is none other than his apartment buildings' aging gardener, Miyagi (Pat Morita) but how could this little old man have taken on all the bullies? And can this man help Daniel turn things around and defend himself and his honor? Watch as these two become student and teacher not only build a lasting friendship, but help each other get through some trying times in their lives. My favorite character is Miyagi, because you don't expect this little, old man to be able to not old defend himself, but beat up a lot of bullies along the way. Plus, he is so funny in how he trains Daniel and just his overall personality. My favorite scenes are the training scenes, where Miyagi uses basic household chores to train Daniel, which confuses him. These are funny scenes, but at the same time, it is great how they will eventually tie in the training concepts with Daniel. This is a great example of someone who needs to prove to themselves and others that they have a great deal of inner strength. The storyline of this movie is phenomenal and there is a great amount of action in it as well. The cast does a great job and really give great performances that make them seem so believable. This is a fantastic family film and even though it's almost 30 years old, the story still holds strong today. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars as it is a movie the entire family will truly enjoy and can watch together. I recommend this film for the entire family. Look for this film as well as other classic films on HDNet Movies Kids Scene this month. Julianna Noone, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This movie is full of action and drama. Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) moves to Los Angeles with his mom. He moves around a lot so it's hard for him to make friends. A kid in his apartment invited him to a beach party. At this party, he meets a girl name Ali (Elisabeth Shue) and they like each other. She used to date a senior name Johnny Lawrence (William Zabaka) who is also a bully. He and his friends are black belts at the local Karate school. They bully Daniel at school and at any place that they see him. One day, they beat up Daniel badly and Mr. Miyagi has to stop them. Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) is a Japanese janitor that works in the apartment complex that Daniel moved into. After the rescue, Mr. Miyagi and Daniel became friends. He teaches Daniel karate and many other things in life. The movie quality is ok, I'm so used to the HD movies, and it's kind of hard to watch a movie that was made in the 1980's quality. The beginning of the movie is kind of grainy, but toward the end it clears up. The beginning of the movie is slow but toward the middle of the movie, the actions begins. The ending is amazing to watch and see how the characters develop. The acting in this movie is fantastic. Mr. Miyagi did a great job with his accent and his movement as a Karate Master. Daniel, who portrays an awkward kid, really owns this role. My favorite character is Mr. Miyagi. He uses his words to defend himself and put his enemy on the defensive. He's also a very funny character. He is against violence and defends the underdog. The lesson in this movie is friendships can be at any age. Mr. Miyagi and Daniel are really connected and understand each other. The only part that I do not like is the bullying. I rank this movie 4 out of 5 stars. This movie age range is 5 - 17. Look for this classic family film on HDNet Movies KidScene this month! Cheyenne Nguyen, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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BLACK STALLION, THE (HDNET)

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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - A young boy and an Arabian horse survive a tragic ship accident and learn to live with one another on a deserted island. After their rescue, the boy and a veteran horse trainer groom the stallion to become a world champion racing horse. Starring Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr and Clarence Muse. Originally released in 1979.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - An uplifting and spirited story with strong humanistic appeal. Every turn of events leads to a positive outcome. Vivid settings. Originally released in 1979, this is an HDNet re-release, screening throughout November, 2013 on HDNet Movies - kidScene. This classic family film (G rated) was hailed by film critic Pauline Kael as "it may be the greatest children's movie ever made." It stands up to the test of time.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is very appealing to the eye, inspirational, and touching. Alec Ramsey (Kelly Reno) is on a ship with his father and a very wild black Arabian stallion, which Alec calls Black. A terrible storm happens and only he and Black survive. They end up on a small island and Alec befriends Black. Some travelers stumble across the island and bring them to England, where retired horse trainer, Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney) helps Alec train Black. I like this film because of the cinematography and the plot. This is a beautiful story and there are a lot of scenes with great angles and close ups which catch my eye. Black is a very pretty, strong and fast horse. The acting is very believable and I can sometimes feel their emotions. My favorite character is Alex because he is able to earn the trust of Black and this is very hard to do. My favorite scene is when Alec is tries to get Black to like him so he gives him some food and after that he puts some food in his hand and then walks around the beach of the island to get the horse to follow him. After a while this turns into a game. If Black follows Alec then he will get some food. Carroll Ballard directs "The Black Stallion" while Melissa Mathison along with Jeanne Rosenberg writes the screen play. Other actors in this film are Clarence Muse (Snoe), Hoyt Axton (Alec's Father), and Ed McNamara (Jake). A message in this film is that you can become friends with any person or any animal and it doesn't matter if you're young or old. Also, everything that happens, happens for a reason. I recommend, "The Black Stallion" for ages 7 to 14. Younger ages may be scared at some of the scenes, but if they are watching with this family, it may not be too scary. Of course, if you are a horse lover, this film is for you and you can add this to your collection. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Some of the scenes are a little too short and has too little details, but even with that, this is still a great family film. See how Alec and Black create their friendship in this 1979 film, The Black Stallion. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - A stirring look at life in New England during the Civil War, Little Women is a triumph for all involved. We follow one family as they split into the world, ending up with the most independent, the outspoken Jo (Winona Ryder). This time around, the dramatics and conclusions fall into place a little too well, instead of finding life's little accidents along the way. Everyone now looks a bit too cute and oh, so nice. As the matron, Marmee, Susan Sarandon kicks the film into a modern tone, creating a movie alive with a great feminine sprit. Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire) has another showy role. The young ensemble cast cannot be faulted, with Ryder beginning the movie in a role akin to light comedy and crescendoing to a triumphant end worthy of an Oscar.
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12, ANIMATION
Description - While on an African safari, a young girl with the ability to speak to animals must stop a vicious poacher from killing an elephant with the help of her chimpanzee friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Worthwhile message and quality animation. Fantastic music. Cooperative and respectful behaviors, realistic relationships between kids. Brings the issue of endangered animal conservation to young level of understanding. "Great ride for the whole family."

Check it out all month on HDNet - kidScene, October 2012. Originally released in 2002.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is by Nickelodeon. It is a cute, adorable and well-written family-friendly movie. My favorite character Eliza Thornberry has a secret power. I cannot say what it is or she will lose it. I wish I could have this power to. She finds herself in Africa with her family because her father Hosts a nature show and her mother films it. Eliza has three wild cheetah cub friends. Talley one of the cubs gets kidnapped by poachers. She tries to find the poachers with her friend Darwin the chimp and recue Talley. Should young girls be raised in the Savanna in Africa? Her parents decide that is a bad idea and send her off to boarding school with her Grandmother. She has to live and stay at school 24-7.

There are funny scenes with her new friends and roommates. School is a much different experience then being in Africa and she escapes to continue looking for Talley. Her new journey begins with plane and train rides. The big problem is that she doesn't know who the poachers are and trusts everyone. Her older sister Debbie is jealous and wishes she could go back to London. Instead she goes on her own journey to find her sister Eliza. She is very funny and entertaining as she meets various people and tries to learn to drive. Trouble would be a better name for the wild jungle boy who has a bunch of funny moments.

The Thornberry parents and grandparent are also trying to find Eliza. The reason they were all in the Savanna in Africa was to see if the solar eclipse would have an effect on elephants. There are stories that the elephants all gathering a specific place if there is a solar eclipse. The main poacher played by Keith Szarabajka who I have had the pleasure to meet and work with is evil and wants to capture all the elephants. Will Eliza be found by her family? Will she break her promise and lose her powers? Do elephants really show up for the eclipse? Does Debbie find her way out of the jungle? Will Talley be saved?

The animation and music are great and make you feel like you are really in Africa.

The all-star cast includes Lynn Redgrave, Lacey Chabert, Tom Cane, Tim Curry, Flea, Kimberly Brooks, Melissa Greenspan, Danielle Harris and Keith Szarabajka. The ages are six and up and anyone who loves wild animals. I give this movie 5 twinkling stars because I learned a lot by watching it and I laughed a lot. Morgan Bertsch, age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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WARGAMES (HDNET)

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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - A teenage computer whiz taps into the government's NORAD missile-defense system to play a game and nearly triggers WWIII.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a thrilling, brilliant film about David Lightman (Mathew Broderick) a trouble making, computer genius. He tries to hack into upcoming computer games and stumbles upon a military simulator called Globe Thermonuclear War. David, thinking it's a game, tries to figure out the password so he can play. He succeeds and starts to control the simulation by firing missiles at Las Vegas . The military think the Russians are firing, but it's just a simulation. Will David start World War III or will he save us all?

What I love about this film is the acting. The actors are very entertaining and well developed. That brings me to the wonderful script writing. The dialogue is fantastic with dramatic and suspenseful scenes. The writers knew how to keep us entertained and involved with the story.

My favorite character is David Lightman (Mathew Broderick). This character is a teenaged MacGyver of the 80s. This kid is so intelligent he can hack a military system combination lock with a recorder and a piece of wire, make a telephone call with a piece of metal and what next, make a plane out of trash bags and bamboo? I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of Mathew Broderick's acting, but he does an amazing job with this character.

My favorite scene is when David finds out that he may have actually launched missiles from the simulator he thought was a game. At first it's dramatic. He starts freaking out thinking he's going to jail, but then he makes me laugh. When the simulator computer starts calling him, he unplugs the phone from the wall and sits, with the phone hugged tightly to his chest. The look on David's face is just priceless.

The moral of the story is "Sometimes the best way to win is to not play at all." This is an incredible moral because it's not about the protagonist; it's a moral for the computer. The computer has a mind of its own like in "2001 A Space Odyssey." It thinks that someone always has to win but like tic-tac-toe, ties are inevitable.

I recommend this to 12-year-olds and up because there is some language that's not appropriate for younger audiences, but it does have that kid element to it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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SECRET OF NIMH (HDNET)

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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12, ANIMATION
Description - To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of super-intelligent rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Screening all this month on HDNet - kidScene, October 2012. Originally released in 1982.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Looking for a touching animated tale of a mother who will do anything for her sick child? Well, you will absolutely love this film. This classic film is adapted from the novel "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH", which was written by Robert C. O'Brien.

This film is about a widowed field mouse named Mrs. Brisby (voiced by Elizabeth Hartman), who lives in a cinder block on the Fitzgibbon Farm. Mrs. Brisby is preparing to move her family from the field they live in before the field is plowed. The only problem is her ill son Timothy (Ian Fried), may be too sick to move. As moving day approaches, Mrs. Brisby must find a way to save their home and her sick son. This leads her on a journey to speak with the Great Owl, (John Carradine) and then on to the underground rat city where she undergoes a wondrous adventure.

My favorite character is Mrs. Brisby because she is a strong mother and does not care what anyone says. She will find a way to bring her family to safety.

My favorite scene is when Jeremy (Dom DeLuise) finds love. I like this scene because it is very cute how he finds a crow just like him and then they take their yarn and fly into the sunset.

Don Bluth is the animator, and he left Disney a few years before this film came out. He animation is fantastic. It is really well done and adds to the imaginative storyline. It's classic animation and the colors range from the dark colors of the underground rat city, to brilliant reds as the story peaks. It's eye catching and truly captures the mood of every scene.

Although this is an animated film, I believe this film appeals to kids as well as adults. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18. I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julianna Noone, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This film is an adaptation of the book "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM" by Robert C. O'Brien. I like this anthropomorphic movie because it's a story about rats and I have a pet rat! The storyline is about a mother field mouse, Mrs. Brisby, (Elizabeth Hartman) who lives on a farm with her four children, Theresa, Cynthia, Martin and Timothy. When plowing day comes earlier than usual, Mrs. Brisby has to quickly move her cinderblock house before it's destroyed. Timothy is sick with pneumonia and could die if he goes outside. The wise owl, (John Carradine) tells her she must visit the rats that live under the rosebush for help. The rats are extremely intelligent and have electricity. They have escaped from NIHM, The National Institute of Mental Health, after being participants in an experiment to make them as smart as humans. Mrs. Brisby goes to Nicodemus (Derek Jacobi) the wizard leader of the rats, in hope he'll help with her dilemma.

My favorite character in this film is Jeremy the crow (Dom DeLuise). He is a very funny and klutzy and attracted to shiny things!

My favorite scene in this movie is when Mrs. Brisby is on her way back home from visiting Mr. Ages, the doctor (Arthur Malet) and meets Jeremy. This is a hilarious scene because Jeremy is all tangled up in some red string and gets the unwanted attention of the farmer's cat, Dragon!

"The Secret of NIHM" is written and directed by Don Bluth and animated by Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy. I give this film 4-out-of-5 stars because it's a great story and I like the style of the animation. This thing I don't like is that it depicts rats as being scary creatures. This movie isn't suitable for children under the age of nine because of the violent and scary scenes. I recommend this film for kids 9 - 12. Reviewed by Camille Bajema, age 10, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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POPEYE (HDNET)

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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12 ANIMATED
Description - The Sailor-man travels to a town called Sweet Haven, falls in love with Olive Oyl, adopts Swee' Pea, and makes an enemy with Bluto.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The live action1980 film "Popeye" has a good story line and has some great music.

Popeye (Robin Williams) is a sailor man in search of his father, who left Popeye when he was a young boy, in a town called Sweethaven. He meets the wonderful Olive Oyl, (Shelley Duvall), falls in love, adopts a child, and sees how life is while he is having a ton of problems. Some problems he creates and some just find their way to him.

I really like the overall production, cinematography and considering it's filmed in the 1980's its well done. I enjoy listening to some of the songs which has catchy tunes. I really like the costumes, and its cool how everyone's wardrobe is fitting to their personality and character. The set decorations, costumes and make-up are in line with the original animation. The comedy keeps is entertaining and my favorite character is Popeye because he is very funny in the actions he is doing. My favorite scene is when the entire Oyl family is eating dinner with Popeye. This is my favorite scene because they end up not even eating dinner because they are talking so much, and Popeye is left at the table all alone. The facial expressions are so funny during this scene.

A message in this film is that family is very important. No matter where you are or what you're doing you should always think of your family because they are the ones that need you the most.

This film also stars the talents of Ray Walston (Poopdeck Pappy), Paul Dooley (Wimpy) and Paul L. Smith (Bluto). The performances of all the actors are very believable and good to see. They all seem to work well together.

I recommend "Popeye" for ages 6 to10 and people who love the animation version of "Popeye". Your family will also enjoy watching it. I'm sure it will bring back memories of the animated version for kids parents.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars. At times there really is no meaning to some of the characters actions and it's very hard to understand what Popeye is saying but this is still a good film.

Make sure to sail to Sweethaven and watch "Popeye". You can watch and enjoy this movie all month long on KidScene.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, August 31, 2013
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12 ANIMATED
Description - Trouble ensues in this animated fable when an evil scientist's assistant, Igor, fights to become a scientist himself.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very enjoyable, good message about "bad is good and good is bad!" Holds your interest from start to finish. It is reminiscent of stories such as Cinderella and Hunchback of Notre Dame. Very suitable for the target age group. Some of the graphics and themes are probably too much for younger viewers. The humor is quick, witty and engaging, with many one liners. Production quality is excellent. The good vs. evil theme is often used but Eva offers a new spin on encouraging others to move away from evil. There is also a nice element of friendship, both old and new. There are some violent moments such as when Dr. Glickenstein gets crushed but it is not graphic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Igor is a steam punk Frankenstein spoof with heart. Due to a storm that killed their crops and left the skies darkened, the only way to survive is to be evil. Each year, in the kingdom of Malaria, there is a science fair where scientists compete for the best invention. In this world, all of the assistants are named Igor. One Igor (John Cusack) wants be a scientist but he can't because he's an Igor. Will Igor become an evil scientist or will he learn you don't have to evil to be somebody?

I love this movie for its unique animation. This movie has a spoof on Frankenstein atmosphere that makes it incomparable. You know, a crazy scientist creates life but it all goes wrong. This movie offers comedic input and while not all the jokes hit the bulls-eye, the majority do. The design of the city and characters are fantastic. What is distracting is the celebrity voice talent. Don't get me wrong, I love the actors in this movie, John Cleese, John Cusack and Molly Shannon are exceptional. But when I hear King Malbert (Jay Leno), I don't hear King Malbert, I hear Jay Leno, so that's a tiny problem.

My favorite character is Eva (Molly Shannon), a life-form Igor invented for the evil science fair. Problem, she's not evil and wouldn't hurt a fly. All she wants to do is become an actress. Not only is this character kind and full of heart, she's also incredibly funny. She's just so chipper in this evil land, it's hilarious.

My favorite scene is when Igor finds out the truth of his life. In this scene he feels both joy and betrayal at the same time. Through retrospection he literally comes out of the darkness and into the light.

The moral is, "It's better to be a good nobody, than an evil somebody." Igor has learned from being in this dark world that if you're evil, people will adore you. He learns through Eva's eyes that it's better to be a good nobody.

I recommend this for ages 11 to 18 because there is some rude humor and a bit of gore. That's not a bad thing - it's just an artistic vision. Igor is a unique film for children or adults. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Keefer C. Blakeslee, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12, ANIMATION
Description - When Capt. Hook kidnaps his children, and adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Julia Roberts.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Originally released in 1991. Screening throughout January 2013 on HDNet Movies - kidScene.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Tick Tock Tick Tock hum Who is afraid of this noise? The great Capitan James Hook (Dustin Hoffman). He is lonely and misses his rival Peter Pan. Peter is all grown up with a wife and two children living a normal life. When he goes to London to visit Wendy who found him a family when he had none, Hook steals his children. Peter has forgotten all about Neverland.

Tinker Bell (Julia Roberts) who still adores Peter Pan comes to the rescue and flies him back to Neverland. He cannot fly anymore because he has forgotten how. Hook is sadly disappointed to find that Peter is all grown up and has forgotten how to play, much less fight. Tinker Bell has three days to get Peter Pan back in shape. He has been gone a long time and the Lost Boys have a new leader Rufio. They do not believe that Robin Williams is Pan the Man.

My favorite scene was the food fight. It was funny and a great idea. In order to have food you have to imagine what you want to eat, and there it is. If you lose your imagination, you will just be hungry. I love the mermaids. They look so real. Tinker Bell is my favorite character because she is the cutest pixie ever. She is small, could fly and has an adorable house. Captain Hook is the best I have ever seen. He is funny yet has a mean streak. Snead (Bob Hoskins) the Captain's assistant is played perfectly and Hook would be no where without him. Steven Spielberg makes another movie which has me laughing, crying and cheering. There are the coolest sets. The great pirate ship, the Lost Boys hideout and Tinker Bell's space are all done with great detail. Everything looks real and I wanted to jump through the screen and learn how to fly and live there for a while. It looks like I always imagined it would. Second star to the right and fly on until morning. The costume designers and make-up artists are outstanding. They do a believable job of making all characters look perfect. Is Peter Pan ever going to remember how to fly so he can rescue his children from the pirates? Yes, there are a lot of pirates.

Children and adults of all ages will love this movie. The age range is 6 and up. I give this movie 5 twinkling stars because it brought a cartoon I love and made it real. Morgan Bertsch, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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OPEN SEASON (HDNET MOVIES KIDSCENE 2013)
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12, ANIMATION
Description - A happily domesticated grizzly bear named Boog, has his perfect world turned upside down after he meets Elliot, a scrawny, fast-talking one-horned wild mule deer. They both end up stranded together in the woods during hunting season and it's up to the duo to rally all the other forest animals and turn the tables on the hunters. Directed by Roger Allers. Starring Aston Kutcher, Martin Lawrence and Debra Messing. Rated PG.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Originally released in 2006. Appearing throughout January 2013 on HDNet Movies - kidScene.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is very cute, it makes me laugh, and has a great message. Boog (Martin Lawrence), a grizzly bear, is unwillingly taken out of the comfort and warmth of his garage. He is far away from his owner Beth (Debra Messing) and is stuck in the forest with a very annoying mule, Elliot (Ashton Kutcher.) Boog is trying to find a way to get back to his garage and owner, but hunting season is just starting. Will he be able to make it back to the safety and comfort of his home in one piece? Well, you must tune in to see. I like this film because of the comedy, the background music and the plot is very easy to understand. I think the talent does a really great job with the voice-overs and fit the part well. I love animated films and think the animation in Open Season is really good. My favorite part is when Boog is trying to catch some fish because he is hungry. So when he goes to the river to do his fishing, the fish slap him right in the face. Boog is left standing there extremely humiliated. My favorite character is Elliot, because he has a free spirit, funny and he keeps me laughing. Here are few of the people that make this film possible and do a good job. The directors are Roger Allers, Jill Culton and Anthony Stacchi (co-director). Some additional voice-overs in this animated film are, Gary Sinise (Shaw), Billy Connolly (McSquizzy), and Georgia Engel (Bobbie). A message I found in this film is that you can't always depend on someone else to take care of you. One day they might not be there to protect you, so you have to look out for yourself. Boog is used to Beth taking care of him, but once he enters the forest he has no idea what to do. I recommend Open Season for ages 6 to 13; they will definitely get it a kick out of it. It's good film for the family to sit down and enjoy it too. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. It has a good message, the animation is great and it is an enjoyable film. Make sure you get a glimpse of the forest in Open Season. It's playing all month on HDNet Movies - KidScene. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

"Open Season" tells the story of a grizzly bear, Boog, who has been living as a house pet. When Boog has to leave his cozy home and make it in the forest with his new kooky friend Elliot, things get a bit wild. I love "Open Season" so much. Featuring the voices of Ashton Kutcher and Martin Lawrence, this animation is perfect for family night. I love the visuals in this film. The design of all of the forest creatures is very original and brought the film to life. I really enjoy the soundtrack of Open Season because it is very lively and fun. My favorite scene is when all of the animals team up to defeat the hunters. Its such a funny scene because they all have such funny random handmade weapons to fight the humans and it's fun to see all the characters working together. My favorite character is Elliot, voiced by the amazing Ashton Kutcher, because he is such a little misfit character. He only has one antler and is so scrawny. Ashton did a wonderful job voicing this wacky character who constantly brings about funny situations. I especially love Elliot in the scene when Boog tries the Woo Hoo bars. They go absolutely crazy and it's so funny. I recommend this film for ages 6 and up, because it's perfect for family movie night and can get a laugh out of all ages. I give "Open Season" 3.5 out of 5 stars, so be sure to check it out on HDNet Movies - kidScene throughout January 2013! Raven Devanney, age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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SPACE CAMP (HDNET)

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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - The young attendees of a space camp find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidentally launched into orbit.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Watch for this film all month on HDNet - kidScene Movies, September, 2012. Re-release, originally released in 1986.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I thought this movie pretty good. It was entertaining, filled with drama and there is a lot of good information about space presented in the film. A group of kids who come to a camp at the N.A.S.A. headquarters to learn all about space. Each of the kids is assigned a position in the space shuttle by an astronaut named Andie. When the group goes with Andie to the space shuttle for a simulation, they accidentally get launched up into space, and they have to figure out how to get back home before they run out of oxygen. What is not that great are the special effects and animation. When the characters go up into space, it almost looks like they are a cut-out picture. Nothing looks very realistic to me at all. I know that technology has come a long way since 1986, so that is why these things don't look that professional. What is good in the movie is the humor. The jokes are funny and easy to understand. The characters are also a good part of the movie. You really get to know them and enjoy their performances. This movie is rated PG, but it does have some bad language in it and some pretty intense scenes. Because of this, I think this movie would only be good for kids who are 10 - 14 years old. Since this is a classic movie, the family may enjoy sitting down and watching it together. I am giving Space Camp 3 out of 5 stars. My overall impression is that it is worth a look. Talia Rashba, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic..

In this movie, we follow a group of kids who attend space camp that cannot work together! But when they are accidentally launched into space, they are forced to settle their differences so they can return to earth. The campers that we follow are Kathryn Fairly (Lea Thompson), Tish Ambrosei (Kelly Preston), Rudy Tyler (Larry B. Scott), Max (Joaquin Phoenix), and Kevin Donaldson (Tate Donovan). Even though this movie is a little outdated being made in 1986, I still found myself at the end of my chair wondering what was going to happen next! This suspense was delivered from good acting, cool scenes, and intense music. They are several scenes that I can't get out of my head, but these two were my favorite. My first favorite is when Max has to go out in space and help Andie get oxygen. I love this scene because Max is the youngest kid out of his group and he goes out in space all by himself! My other favorite scene is when Kathryn has to fly the shuttle into "white sand" to land and return to earth. I would give Space Camp 3 stars out of 5, and recommend it to kids around age 7. I think adults would also enjoy this film with their families. This is an HDNet movie so watch for it all month long with your family on kidScene! Jennifer Huntoon, age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

The 1986 movie Space Camp, is an adaptation of the book by the same title written by Patrick Bailey and Larry B. Williams. Many parts of this film are very suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat! This film is about five kids, Kevin, Kathryn, Tish, Rudy, and Max played by, Tate Donovan, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott, and Leaf Phoenix, who go to a camp to train like astronauts. The director of the camp is a strict astronaut named Andie, played by Kate Capshaw. Things get really exciting when they actually explore a real spaceship. A mechanical creature that NASA creates hears Max say that he wishes he could really go up in space, so he controls the spaceship to take off while the kids and Andie are still inside! This is my favorite scene in the movie because the kids are put into an adult situation and have to work as a team. Many exciting, suspenseful things happen while they're in space! I love all of the characters. Kevin is a teenage boy who is always on the lookout for cute girls; Kathryn is a very determined young woman who wants to become the first woman shuttle commander; Tish is a girlie girl, yet very smart; Rudy is a super smart and energetic teenage boy; and Max is the youngest of the group, yet very determined to show Andie how grown up he is. My favorite character would have to be Tish. I like her best because although she's super girlie, she's super smart. It shows that girls who are pretty can also be smart too! This movie is written by Clifford Green and Casey Mitchell and directed by Harry Winer. I recommend this film for ages eleven and up because there is some inappropriate language. Also, this film is almost two hours long and might be hard for a younger child to sit through. I give this film four out of five stars because at some points, it gets a little boring and because it's an older movie the special effects are really cheesy! Look for this classic family film on HDNet movies, KidScene this month! Camille Bajema, age 10,KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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ANDRE (HDNET)

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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - The true story of how a marine seal named Andre befriended a little girl and her family, circa 1962.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Originally released in 1994. Playing throughout August 2013 on HDNet Movies kidScene.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Today I'm reviewing the 1994 film, Andre, based on the book A Seal Called Andre, which is based on a true story. I like this film because I'm an animal lover and this film is filled with animals. Andre is about a little girl, Toni Whitney (Tina Majorina,) who lives with her parents Harry and Thalice (Shane Meier and Chelsea Field;) her sister, Paula (Aidan Pendleton;) and her brother Steve (Keith Carradine.) They have an assortment of animals, and decide to adopt an orphaned, baby seal that that they name Andre. Andre lives with the Whitney's for a few years, until a man from the health department shows up and wants to take Andre away!

My favorite character in this film is Toni's mother, Thalice. I like Thalice because she is very loving toward her kids, yet also knows how to discipline them. My favorite scene in this movie is when Andre learns funny tricks and performs them for people on the pier. I like this scene because Andre is so cute and funny.

An interesting fact is that Andre is played by a sea lion, not a seal, in the movie. Andre is directed by George Miller and produced by Annette Handley. The music in this film sets the mood. The movie is filmed in a beautiful harbor in Rockport, Maine and I especially love the cinematography when the seasons change. This movie is a tear-jerker and Toni learns that despite how much she loves Andre she may have to let him go.

This is a family-friendly movie and I recommend it to people of all ages. I give this film five-out-of-five stars because I thought that the movie was really well-done overall and had a great plot. I am pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this movie so much because the picture on the cover made me think that it would appeal to a younger audience. Look for this classic family film on HDNet Movies - kidScene this month! Camille Bajema, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
This movie is about a seal who is recued and who falls in love with a little girl and her family. This is a true story. Catch this movie on HDNET kidScene throughout November! Thalice Whitney (Chelsea Field) is a Mom with a house full of kids and animals. Toni (Tina Majorino) is the youngest daughter who gets teased by her classmates. She is now on True Blood hum. Once she brings the seal to class all the children begin to like her but there is always a bully. (Andrea Libman.) She is now known as Lemon Meringue, Pinky pie and Flutter shy. Even bullies can find a heart. Toni and her father (Keith Carradine) teach the seal many tricks. They begin to attract audiences along the pier. Andre becomes famous and this brings tourist to the town to see his amazing tricks. Several times they try to make Andre go back to the ocean but each time he returns. Finally they get him to leave in the winter but in the spring he returns. Unfortunately since Andre has been around humans for a long time he did not fare well by himself and came back with many scares and injuries. Andre also causes problems with the family dog. They are always chasing each other. Andre is very silly and loves to make raspberries at everyone. The fishermen of the small town do not like the seal because he eats all their fish and they get caught in their fishing lines and nets. Billy Baker (Keith Szarabajka,) who I have had the pleasure of working with, plays an evil fisherman who wants to get rid of Andre. Mark Baker (Joshua Jackson) can you say Fringe wants to do anything to please his father. Sometimes brothers and sisters fight over little things. The relationship and bonds with the seal cause problems of jealousy. The father, Harry begins spending more time and attention with the seal then with this family. Trouble also starts when the town feels he is neglecting is duties as Harbor Master.

This story is important because people finally realize how intelligent and friendly seals are. This is very family friendly movie and any violence was implied. The little girl was adorable. The seal is amazing and can do many tricks. Who knew a seal could dance and play basketball? I laughed a lot but there were also sad moments. You learn that sometimes you have to set things free so they can be happy. The scenery was true to the story and believable.

Be sure to watch the end to see real footage of Andre, his family and the things he could do. I think 5 and up would find this adventure entertaining and fun. Andre gets 5 twinkling stars for cuteness and animals. Morgan B., age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - An unhappy and disliked image consultant gets a second shot at life when an eight year old version of himself mysteriously appears. Starring Bruce Willis, Spencer Breslin, Emily Mortimer
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon, see youth reviews.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Disney's the Kid" is an incredible movie with a great message and I love it. "Disney's the Kid" is about a very serious image consultant that had a horrible childhood and decides to try to forget the past. An unexpected surprise comes to his house that teaches him important lessons. That unexpected person came from the past and is his eight-year-old self. Both Rus and Rusty try to figure out why eight-year-old Rusty is stuck in the future with his older self. They both go through many obstacles trying to get Rusty back to his original time. I really love the message in this movie. The message is "don't be so hard on yourself." Rus had a very traumatic childhood from being picked on by his weight, to having the guilt from his dad that he killed his mom. He made sure he blocked out any memory of his childhood. He was hard on himself growing up so as an adult, he became anti-social. When eight-year-old Rusty comes and shows him how hard he was on himself; he decides it was time to change. I love how the background was so amazing; they actually had an airplane on set. Lastly, I like how well the actors portray their characters. Bruce Willis plays Rus, and what is really magnificent is that I've never seen Bruce play a role like this as most of his movies are action-type films. He did a great job as well as other actors such as Spencer Breslin who plays eight year old Rusty. What I didn't like is how sometimes the plot was a little hard to follow because of the period of time from past the present to future and then back to present time.

All the characters are so great but my favorite character is Rus. In the beginning, he is an unpleasant person to be around and has no patience for people that don't want to improve themselves. What I really like about this character is that he ends up being so kind and loving after meeting rusty and remembering his childhood.

My favorite scene is when Rusty gets there in the night and Rus makes him sleep outside. Rusty, starts to annoy Rus and starts singing and singing and just won't stop. It is hilarious and it makes me laugh. It is a great scene and had my mom laughing too.

I recommend this movie to ages 8-14 because it has a great message and deserves to be watched with the entire family. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed it. You can catch this movie on HDNet Kids Scenes.

Reviewed by Jailene, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Monster House" is a clever roller coaster ride of a story that takes place in an extremely thrilling house of terror. This movie takes place near the coming of Halloween. Three friends risk their young lives to save the spirit of this holiday. They take a miraculous journey through a house that holds some valuable secrets.

DJ is our main character (voiced by Mitchel Musso from A PAIR OF KINGS & HANNAN MONTANA) and his best friend Chowder (SUBURGATORY's Sam Lerner) notice something strange lying beneath the house across the street. The two friends come across a girl, Jenny (BIG TIME RUSH's Spencer Locke), who's wondering about the house as well. Fortunately for the two boys, Jenny was made for adventure! Soon, this group of three children end up in this house and something happens that makes them want to escape quickly.

I thought that the idea of this movie is clever and not like most monster movies. That's a good thing! There is so much adventure and action that I was almost out of my chair by the time the movie was over.

I think the message of this movie is that no matter what your age, you can succeed as long as you put your mind to it.

I was impressed by the animation; it blew my mind. Even though it was animation, it looks real but still able to amuse me and scare me (almost out of my chair!)

The music was nice because you can hear it softly playing in the background and it never interferes with the movie, but it definitely livens things up and keeps things suspenseful.

I recommend this film to ages seven and up because things can get pretty scary and intense at times; but when you understand it, you can have lots of fun watching this movie with your family and friends.

I give this film five out of five stars because it is flawless with lots of story, emotions, and of course, surprises.

Reviewed by Canela R. (11) KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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ANASTASIA (HDNET)

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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - The only surviving child of the Russian Royal Family hooks up with two con men while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This production combines adventure, sensitivity, history, music appreciation and a strong female role model. Some Rasputin scenes are graphic and extremely frightening.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - If you like the kind of story where a poor girl finds out she is a beautiful princess and falls in love with a dashing young lad, then Anastasia is the movie for you! The movie Anastasia is an adventurous and romantic tale of an orphan, Anastasia (Meg Ryan), finding her family and who she really is with help from two con men Dimitri (John Cusack) and Valdimir (Kelsey Grammer).

In the beginning of this movie they show Anastasia and her beloved grandmother's back-story in Russia and their escape from the villain (trying to kill off all their family). As she is escaping with her grandmother she trips, hits her head, and loses her grasp on her grandmother's hand. She loses all memory and grows up as an orphan with only one clue of who she is: a necklace that says "Together in Paris." When Anastasia turns 18 she sets out to find her way to Paris, but with no travel Visa she must turn to Dimitri and Valdimir for help.

Together they make their way to Paris, so Dimitri and Valdimir can collect the reward money for the Princesses return, and so that Anastasia can find her family. Everything falls into place, but suddenly Dimitri wants something else than just money. He wants Anastasia's love, but she doesn't want to give it to him. So he sets back home for Russia. When the villain finds out that Anastasia is still alive he comes after her. Anastasia is trapped, when all of the sudden Dimitri comes and helps her! Please watch the rest of this film to find out the exciting end!

My favorite scene in this film is when Dimitri gets Anastasia a beautiful blue dress and they start falling for each for each other. This scene takes place on the ship to Paris. Anastasia needs some dance lessons if she will pass for the princess (which see is). To practice she must dance the waltz with Dimitri. As they're dancing, they almost kiss, but they get pulled apart. I like this scene because it is romantic and sweet.

I recommend this film for ages 8-14. Some scenes are scary, such as the last scene, or any scenes that involve the villain. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars! So Please go check it out!
Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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